Very disappointing news about the C of E but hardly surprising given the Premiership's stance on youth players. Hopefully this will finally dispel the myth trotted out by both sports' authorities & politicians that if you throw money at the top it would automatically have a beneficial "trickle-down" effect.
The future of WWFC is obviously challenging but the structure is also very simple to plan. Although it's a football club, it's just like any other small business. You have to plan your budget to match income but with the proviso that there is always a cash-flow issue lurking in the background (e.g. a sustained period of freezing weather).
I've always been of the opinion that a football club should try and make things as clear and simple as possible for supporters. In recent times WWFC has tried to bluster when asked any in-depth questions about finances. For example, for League 2 club to be solvent it probably means that income will need to be double player and staff costs. This then covers travel, rates, ground upkeep etc. Take on extra staff or players without the extra income & you are storing up a problem for later. And by the way, every manager in creation is just 2 players short of a promotion side! So the reasoning is - work out your realistic income then cut your player & staff costs accordingly. Realistic means realistic! And the old idea that if you buy a new star striker the gates will soar also doesn't hold water anymore.
Finally, no C of E doesn't mean no future. There are lots of good young players who will be released by Premiership clubs who will be desperate to play at clubs like Wycombe. Personally I don't want too see any "wealthy businessmen" "invest" in WWFC. I've come across too many in my own business who walk the walk, talk the talk but haven't got a clue what they're doing. "Investing" implies seeking a financial return . "Donating" is a different kettle of fish. The future will be different but this is far from the end of WWFC. It's the start of a new beginning but it's got to have the right ethos & the right people running it.
So you think that a player who has been released by a Premiership Club will want to play under the regime you describe? Strangely the lower leagues are not populated with such players. There is a... more
.. will probably still wish to persue a career in football and will aim for the highest level that they can achieve. A lot of them will end up in the Championship, a lot of them in Division One and a ... more
Apart from factual inaccuracies (Bull was at QPR, for example) several of those players were brought in from clubs known to the managers/coaches at the time (especially of course Aldershot). They... more
How many local lads were attending the Centre of Excellence at the present time? How many local lads have played for the Club in the last 20 years? Frank Adams left the town a Legacy, we should do... more
I can only speak about the U9's and 10's, but actually there were quite a few local lads and they had a particularly exciting crop of talent. The U9's were virtually unbeaten and made many academy... more
Coleman603, I have to say I agree with a lot of what you are saying. I am sure that the COE was the envoy of many of the other 71 league clubs. From my experience the setup was first class with... more
None of us can claim Frank Adams would have be mortified about a decision made over 30 years after his sad passing. The reaction to the decision to close the C of E show it was far from an easy... more
I agree that we can't speculate on other's take on this decision, especially the deceased, but I would've hoped that most people would have been mortified. Sadly I don't elicit any sense that this is ... more
that Premier League players do not filter down into the bottom two divisions. Nikki Bull was at Aston Villa before joining QPR. There is no reason why managers/coaches bring in young players from... more
Personally I think it's a tragedy that the youth system has been sacrificed as a short-term remedy. Having witnessed just how professional the CofE has been over the past year I'm amazed that it has... more
Since 1997/98 Danny SENDA 315 appearances (247 starts, 68 sub) Roger JOHNSON 182 appearances (169 starts, 13 sub) Andy BAIRD 103 appearances (69 starts, 34 sub) Maurice HARKIN 93 appearances (40... more
How many were registered with the WWFC C of E before reaching the age of 15? I am sure a good few of those listed were actually signed on being released from other clubs. Roger Johnson, Jordan Ibe... more
So 8 who have played over 50 games in 15 years - and only 3 who have started more than 50. I think that highlights that the CoE was most beneficial from a financial point of view to produce talent to ... more
youth system which needs time to attract the right coaches and time to develop the right culture. I think Wycombe had made huge strides in this area and with the appointment of Andy Ritchie last year ... more
We won't be selling these young players anymore. The best always have been cherry picked from us. Now that we won't get financial payback seems little sense throwing money at it. Think about the... more
As always Mr. Warboys. I have a feeling that a few clubs will follow our lead however unfortunate that it is. These things can only be sustained a much high level. We at last are starting to live in... more
and progressive outlook as to how a football club should be run, not necessarily those who pine for a sugar daddy to chase the dream/dragon with. The club has supporters from all walks of life with... more
Chairman comes up for election, Andy, that you will stand. These issues need to come before the FA Board etc and the only way is by being the elected league representative. Football as a business is... more
Sad news about the Centre of Excellence closing. As a fan there is nothing better than seeing a home grown player progress to the 1st team. With the introduction of the EPPP is it not now inevitable... more